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Habit Persistence and Welfare Gains from International Asset Trade

  • Egil Matsen


    (Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

We introduce habit formation in a model that studies the link between international trade in financial assets, economic growth, and welfare. As with time separable preferences asset trade increases the mean growth rate, but it also increases growth-volatility. We demonstrate that the welfare gain from asset trade is lower with habit persistence in consumption. This reflects that the habit-forming households perceive the higher growth-volatility as a higher cost to obtain increased average growth. Calibrating the model to data for North America and Western Europe, we find that habit persistence lowers welfare gains of financial integration by about 40-50 %.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology in its series Working Paper Series with number 0102.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: 01 Jul 2001
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Publication status: Forthcoming in Journal of International Money and Finance
Handle: RePEc:nst:samfok:0102
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